Enchantment of the Seas Cruise Review by periwinkle7: First Time Cruisers
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My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise and decided to sail with Royal Caribbean. We read several online reviews about the Enchantment of the Seas and it seemed to have great reviews. We both agree that this was a great cruise and highly recommend this to anyone!
We had the buffet lunch on day 1 and it was amazing. Lines were somewhat long, but the food was well worth the wait. We decided to tour the whole ship ourselves on day 1. However, if there was anything we would like to do differently about this cruise, is immediately when you arrive on the cruise, go ahead and get a brochure about all the shore excursion activities you can do when you go to the Bahamas. The shore excursion activities fill up fast so make sure you book everything you want to do offshore on day 1!!!
Each night you will dine in the My Fair Lady Dining Hall. Each night you will have an assigned dinner time, either 530pm or 830pm. We had the 830pm seating. Each night of the cruise, you will More dine at the same time and at the same table. For the two of us, we were assigned with another couple to make a table of 4. The first night, we had a great dinner. Dinners range from salmon, to beef tenderloin, lamb, steak, linguini, and shrimp. Each night, you chose an appetizer, a main course and dessert. All of this food is included in the price. Coffee and soda are extra and if you wanted lobster that was extra as well. Some of the appetizers were a hit or miss. I would recommend choosing a salad as some of the appetizers were not that great. Desserts were always amazing, ranging from strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake, ice cream, key lime pie, lemon meringue, and cobbler.
Day 2 is excursion to CocoCay (private island of Royal Caribbean ). It was very beautiful. It rained for a little bit in the morning, but by the afternoon it was gorgeous! Unfortunately, we had booked parasailing but much to our dismay, it was cancelled due to the morning rain. They were willing to book us another parasailing at 330pm, but the ship left at 430pm. Instead, we lounged on the beach and drank pina coladas which was amazing. The ocean was absolutely gorgeous! The water was crystal clear and we took some great underwater pics! Also on the island, there were limited kayaks for rental, paddle boats and floaters. I was not very happy with the way the kayak rentals were set up. There are literally only 4 or 5 kayaks on this whole island to rent. And remember that the entire ship, along with another royal caribbean ship, are docked here at the same time. There were 2 different lines and the enchantment line was always much longer than the other ship. I would like to see royal caribbean do away with the "first come first serve" basis on rentals and switch to a waiting list style of rentals. That night we went to the comedy show on the ship and Steve Smith was really funny!
Day 3 was Nassau. You dock at 730am and need to be back to the ship by 1130pm. Nassau was gorgeous! We took a taxi ($4/person), to Atlantis and walked around. There's a public beach and many of the locals will approach you to rent kayaks, jet skis, umbrellas, and get drunk. Just be vigilant of your purses, ladies! We spent about an hour on the public beach and head back to the cruise docking site. We then went snorkeling. We took a boat which was about a 45 minute one way sail out to sea. The snorkeling was for an hour which was plenty of time. My boyfriend got some great underwater pics of the coral. We were provided fins, and snorkeling gear. I would recommend doing this excursion. We then headed back to our cruise ship. That night, there was a huge poolside buffet and a dancing party. The food was mediocre; however, we had stuffed our faces throughout day so by the end of the night we could not handle anymore food. The dance party both on the pool deck and the viking's lounge(top deck) was fantastic!
Day 4 was at sea. I highly recommend the park cafe in the solarium! They make great beef sandwiches and its not crowded. The solarium is a great place to relax and the whirlpools are amazing, especially when you get sunburnt! We were able to play some ping pong, trampoline jumping, and watched a "broadway" show. There was also a casino, but we are not gamblers. There's also a rock climbing wall but we were too tired. On the pool deck, theres a huge TV screen which was playing movies all throughout the day and the World Cup. Lots of bars are throughout the cruise ship. We participated in the 50% off drinks special on day 4 of the cruise at 4pm. The bartenders are very generous with the alcohol, and they made great margaritas and mojitos!
Getting off the cruise was a breeze. It was super fast and the process only took about 20 minutes total.
Overall, enchantment of the seas well exceeded our expectations. I would definitely go on this cruise again. The ship is super clean, the staff is friendly, the food is wonderful, and the whole cruise experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxing! Some activities were crowded, but thats to be expected as this is a very large cruise ship. Less
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